Sweepers, IDs, drops, shotguns, ramps, liners, promos, stings, stabs, intros… the list goes on. I have to confess I am a fan of great imaging. I believe that an exciting, well produced production package can really enhance a radio show or podcast and mark it out from the crowd.
With this in mind I decided to update the imaging I use on my own radio show; a weekly rock and blues programme called Route 66. You can check it out my rockin’ jockin’ on Mixcloud.
As a voiceover, I am regularly asked to record and produce imaging for other people. However I didn’t want my own voice on the sweepers I’m playing during the show – that would just be weird!
As a result I needed to find another voice that would sound appropriate for a lively show playing the best in rock and blues music on UK radio. (Sunday nights between 6 and 8pm, if you fancy tuning in.)
As a lot of the music I play is from the US, I wanted an american voice on the imaging to contrast with my own English accent. And so began – in an epic movie trailer style – a search for someone suitable.
Eventually I found Chris Ryan, a professional voiceover artist based in Texas with over 25 years experience in the industry. It was this great rock radio imaging demo of his that persuaded me to drop him an email.
Chris got back to me straight away with a price and within 24 hours he’d recorded several versions of everything I’d asked for – going well over and above what he needed to do for me.
I was then able to set about turning his great reads into a new imaging package for my Route 66 Radio Show.
I have to say that I’m pleased with the results. Chris’ voice sounds perfect for the show and I had a lot of fun mixing great music with a little humour to create these little audio markers as it were, for the show.
If you’d like me to produce any audio for you, whether that be radio or podcast imaging, video voiceover, performance intros or music mixes then do get in touch. Here is an example of some of the production work I’ve done featuring my own voice(s). Click over to the contact page to get in touch.